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Old 02-25-2003, 09:39 AM   #31
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It is a form of copper treatment that you use for parasites
Unless it is a mixture, it is not copper based. Formalin is the active ingredient in fomaldahyde, and it is used in SW disease treatment as an anti parasitic. There is alot of debate about whether fish should be prophylactically treated for parasites and common bacterial infections. I am not a fan of prophylactic treatment, but I can see an LFSs point, they do spend alot of money on these fish and some parasites will kill the fish before it is noticed by staff that are busy doing their other duties. This is just another reason for a q-tank, so you can observe the fish and then treat as needed. Also the fish at the LFS may be infected, but the treatment is only half done, and when you purchase the fish the signs are masked.

On another note I am an advocate of treating all WC clowns with formalin for the prevention of brooklynella. This parasite is very fast acting and is possibly the leading cause of deaths in newly caught WC clowns.


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Old 02-25-2003, 10:18 AM   #32
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I looked at the bottle of this CFX stuff and it says Copper Formalin Treatment..

Is this what you mean by mixture?
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As a retailer I would stock tank raised fish over WC anyday. The difference in survival rate is amazing, especially with Perc's. It may take a little more time but I have had tank raised clowns take on an anemone as a host many times. The ones in the wild have to at some point learn or insticntively realize that they can use anemones as a host so would the same not hold true for their tank raised counterparts? They all figure it out eventually regardless of their origin. Sometimes it just takes a little longer.

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